The Order of the Arrow......is not an end unto itself, but is for a higher purpose. Individuals are inducted into the Order of the Arrow “not so much for what you have done, but for what you are expected to do.” Taking that Obligation of the Order requires a promise, on one’s honor, “to be unselfish in service and devotion to the welfare of others.”Read More
Becoming Inducted into the OAScouts are elected to the Order by their fellow unit members. The induction ceremony, called the Ordeal, is the first step toward full membership. During the experience, candidates maintain silence, receive small amounts of food, and give service. The completion of the tasks taught lessons about brotherhood, cheerfulness, and service – the three principles of the Order of the Arrow. Read More
Lodge #3Each local Boy Scout council is encouraged to have an Order of the Arrow lodge. The OA lodge helps the local council provide a quality Scouting program through recognition of Scouting spirit and performance, development of youth leadership and service, promotion of Scout camping and outdoor programs, and enhancement of membership tenure.Read More
There are only two more weekends left in 2017, and your lodge leadership are working on making them great. The Fall Service Weekend and Fall Fellowship are going to be filled with the kind of fun you know and love from Nawakwa Lodge. We would love for you
Brothers, I am very excited about the upcoming months of 2017. We have diligently been working on several major initiatives, among them the rollout of a new website and a new and exciting format for our Lodge newsletter, The Tom-Tom. I do apologize for the delays in getting our newsletter published in a timely manner; I know we have inconvenienced many of our Brothers. Change does sometimes come at a cost, but we are back on track to get all of our communications efforts on a more sound footing and back to a more regular publishing schedule.
Each local Boy Scout council is encouraged to have an Order of the Arrow lodge. Each lodge is granted a charter from the National Council, BSA, upon annual application. The OA lodge helps the local council provide a quality Scouting program through recognition of Scouting spirit and performance, development of youth leadership and service, promotion of Scout camping and outdoor programs, and enhancement of membership tenure.
Scouts are elected to the Order by their fellow unit members, following approval by the Scoutmaster or Varsity team Coach. To become a member, a youth must be a registered member of a Boy Scout troop or Varsity Scout team and hold First Class rank. The youth must have experienced fifteen days and nights of Boy Scout camping during the two-year period prior to the election. The fifteen days and nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of six consecutive days and five nights of resident camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. The balance of the camping must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps.
The Order of the Arrow was created to serve as a useful purpose: to cause the Scout Oath and Law to spring into action in all parts of the nation. To this day, we are dedicated to this high purpose. The Order is a thing of the individual rather than a thing of the masses; the ideals of brotherhood, cheerfulness, and service spring to life in each of us. The Order is a thing of the outdoors; from life in the wilds comes a precious ingredient that our country needs to survive-self-reliance. One of the Order’s greatest achievements is, and will continue to be, the strengthening of the Scouting movement as an outdoor experience.
NOAC 2018, July 30 - August 4 @ Indiana University
The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) is the premier event of the Order of the Arrow, and is Scouting's second-largest national event. Over 10,000 Arrowmen from across our nation gather for an inspirational and unforgettable experience full of fellowship, training, adventure, and LOTS of fun!
During NOAC, Arrowmen will participate in a six-day conference which includes top notch training sessions, cool recreational opportunities, evening shows full of theatrics and special effects, and exciting programs!
Arrowmen may attend with the lodge contingent, or as a staff member supporting the thousands of Arrowmen attending the conference.
Contingent spots will be limited. More information on how to apply will be available soon.
We Support Camping
We have a We Support Camping initiative in the Nawakwa Lodge. All proceeds go to support Camp Scholarships for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and ScoutReach programs, through the Nawakwa Lodge OA Campership Program. This is an initiative of Camp Promotions. Collections are made at check-in for Service Weekends and Fall Fellowship, or you can round up your purchase at the Trading Post.
Thank you for your support!
Nawakwa's 2019 Lodge Pavilion Fundraiser
We thank everyone for continued support of Nawakwa Lodge.
The Fall Service Weekend is scheduled for September 15-17, 2017. Registration begins July 31st. Current members who register by August 27th will receive a $5 Early Bird Discount. The deadline for registration is September 10th ($10 late fee added for any registrations received after September 3rd). More information is availalbe at the online registration link, above.
The Printable Registration Form above is NOT to be used by new Ordeal Candidates nor by those members eligible to attain Brotherhood status. Special invitations with registration forms will be sent separately via US Mail to people in these groups.
From Raccoons to Cardinals: Nawakwa Lodge prepares to celebrate 100 years
by Ben Pycraft
Nawakwa Lodge has a special birthday coming up and the lodge is already getting a head start on preparations in 2019, this lodge, which serves the Heart of Virginia Council located in Richmond, Virginia, will be turning 100 years old! The lodge has a longstanding history and the celebration effort is being led by the current lodge chief, Trey L.
Your 2018 membership dues ($20) should be paid now. All current and recently inducted members (2017 and earlier) must pay their dues for the 2018 year in order to continue to receive The Tom-Tom and in order to be eligible to attend lodge functions. You may pay your dues with the Dues Form available here or online here ($1 convenience fee charged for online transactions). If you have not yet paid your 2018 lodge dues, please do so right now.
Read below for details on how to transfer membership or reactivate an expired membership.
With the approach of Hurricane Irma and out of concern for the safety of affected Arrowmen, the decision has been made to cancel this weekend’s (Sept 8-10) National Leadership Seminar (NLS) and Developing Youth Leadership Conference (DYLC) scheduled for the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland
In this fourth edition of the Spirit of Excellence, we will take a look at strategies for success at summer camp. With a busy summer ahead, now is the best time to refresh your data in LodgeMaster and get on track for JTE Gold! Read
Congratulations to the following lodges in the Southern Region on their achievements! E. Urner Goodman Camping Award Unalai’Yi Lodge Coastal Garolina Council #550 Charleston, SC Wewanoma Lodge Rio Grande Council #775 Harlingen, TX National Service Award Mikanakawa Lodge Circle Ten Council #571
The Southern Region’s annual We Support Camping Award was created in 2012 for the 2013 program year. The award’s purpose is to encourage and incentivize lodges to sharpen their focus on camping support within their council. The award is designed to be challenging, and to
Arrowmen across the country are asking about Wachipi, the American Indian Seminar held on June 6th-10th, 2017 at the Philmont Training Center. Many are aware of the rich history that American Indian Activities (AIA) has in our Order but what’s so special about this event?